In this unit students will learn:
- the musical alphabet
- their finger numbers
- about the stave, and treble and bass clefs
- the notes middle C – G in the treble clef
- the notes F – middle C in the bass clef
Stage A Note Flash Cards
Set of note flash cards for middle C – G (treble clef) and F – middle C (bass clef). The cards also have a reverse side so you should print back to back (for us it works to select print on short edge).
Stage A Keyboard Flash Cards
Set of keyboard flash cards showing the location on the keyboard of middle C – G (treble clef) and F – middle C (bass clef). There is a reverse side so be careful when printing.
Finger Number Flash Cards
A selection of finger number flash cards that you can use to develop knowledge of and connect with finger numbers. (Reverse side)
- Using finger number flash cards, ask students to tap out finger patters on the lid of the piano. These finger patterns could relate to a piece you are going to use. Alternatively, ask students to tap out a piece on the lid of the piano before playing it on the keys.
- Ask students to play all keys of a specific letter on the piano (as an extension to this ask them to play loud/soft, or with some other characteristic)
- Ask students to write in finger numbers or letter names for the pieces they are learning. Alternatively ask them to highlight all notes of a particular letter on the page. I like to use Frixion Highlighters for this.
- Ask students to write particular notes on a music whiteboard (like this one) or manuscript paper. You could give them just a letter name to draw or play a note on the piano. New notes can be written on the whiteboard and then propped up next to the piece they are learning
- Flashnote Derby iPad game (currently £4.99). Select two or more notes for students to identify.
Vibrant Music Teachers
- Finger Twister, Tippy Taps, and Wiggles and Waggles all help to reinforce finger numbers and connect number with action.
- Keyboard Builder gives students the chance to display their knowledge of the pattern of black keys on the piano. Piano Builder is a slightly more challenging version of this game.
- Lions, Tigers, and Bears can help to reinforce the link between the staff, the letter, and the piano key. Make sure you select the appropriate cards for the stage!
- Jungle Jump tests knowledge of Stage A letter names (middle C position).
Study for Five
- Finger numbers are tested in Finger Painting, Ant Climb, and Nails & Jems (all Piano Theory Funtime pack).
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- Basics of the stave
- Symbols learned at Stage
- Stage A Notes 1a (x2)
- Treble clef: Middle C and G above
- Bass clef: Middle C and F below
- Stage A Notes 1b (x2)
- Treble clef: Middle C, D, and E
- Bass clef: Middle C, B, and A
- Stage A Notes 1c (x2)
- Treble clef D and bass clef B
- Bass clef A, B and middle C, and treble clef middle C, D, and E
- Stage A Note Names (x6)
- 3x Treble clef notes: Middle C up to G a 5th above
- 3 x Bass clef notes: Middle C down to F a 5th below
- All semibreve notes for clarity at the initial stages
- Stage A Letters and Lengths Quizzes (x6)
- 3x Treble clef notes as above
- 3 x Bass clef notes as above
- Stage A note lengths: crotchets, minims, dotted minims, semibreves
- Stage A Letters and Lengths Quizzes (x3)
- 3x quizzes asking students to identify stage A note names and lengths.
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